After careful dissection of what I had been eating and doing, as well as staying away from solid food for a few days, I made some discoveries. Saturday night's dancing on the town really threw off my entire eating/sleeping schedule. I was already exhausted from putting in really long days the week before, and I never really rested over the weekend. I had not stayed up until 3:30 a.m. in a really long time. By doing so, the next couple of days were really off schedule. I was also in a major calorie deficit from missing a meal on Sunday and eating minimal food over the next few days to try to figure out what was wrong with me. As a result, I was dragging and had to really push to make it through my workouts.
The major dietary element that had shifted since beginning my raw challenge last week was that I was incorporating more solid raw food, i.e., salad with bell peppers, tomatoes, red onion. These are all vegetables that I have not eaten in a while. My body had become accustomed to the easily digestible leafy greens that I was juicing. This is the only logical explanation for my difficulty in digesting the other food.
It has now been two full days since resuming my regular juicing schedule. I am no longer eating raw salads and am finally beginning to feel like myself again. My energy has increased and I have been feeling great during my workouts. X FIT at Beyond FIT was awesome yesterday! I left feeling really strong and powerful. This is a very welcome feeling compared with what I was going through earlier in the week. I was feeling very discouraged and like I was making myself suffer since it was my decision to go through this trial of raw eating. I have changed every single aspect about my life and am doing everything I possibly can to achieve optimal health. I found it really disheartening knowing that I could have prevented the way I was feeling.